At SPANISH FOR FUN! we utilize a combination of Spanish immersion curriculum, international curriculum and the early education creative curriculum of North Carolina. This has been developed around a play-based philosophy as well as paying close attention to each child’s social emotional state by exposing them to all 5 love languages (based off of the research done by Dr. Gary Chapman). A play-based philosophy means we believe that children naturally engage in and enjoy play as a way of learning on their own terms and at their own pace.
Providing a high-quality Spanish Immersion education and facilitating the integral development of children in a safe and clean environment with authentic loving care.
Gabriela Lowry President/ Founder
Gaby has dedicated her life to early education. In her native country of Peru, she grew up in a bilingual environment. She realized from a young age how language allows people to break down barriers. While still in Peru, she earned her master’s degree in early childhood education and gained experience running a daycare program. Once she was married and moved to the United States, she further realized the need for a Spanish immersion program for early learners. In 2000, she opened the original location for SPANISH FOR FUN! She continues to be intimately involved in creating curriculum, setting up processes, working with the teachers, and ensuring SPANISH FOR FUN! students receive a quality educational experience.
Gaby is a recent graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business program and the ICIC Small Business School.
Meet Our Team
Rob Lowry Vice President/ Founder
Rob has always had an entrepreneur’s spirit. For over 20 years, he has created, built, and run businesses. Whether it was in the auto industry, the real estate or the mortgage industry, he has learned the ins and outs of business the old- fashioned way, by getting down to work. At SPANISH FOR FUN!, Rob has worn almost every hat possible: from initial concept, to creating the strategy, defining the vision, creating the marketing, working with financing, and even building and painting the schools by hand. Through his foresight, tenacity and business acumen, he has helped grow SFF! from a single program to a growing enterprise, serving hundreds of families.
Karina Martinez CEO
Karina Martinez has a Bachelor’s Degree in System and Computer Engineering from Armed Forces Polytechnic in Ecuador, her native county. She holds an Administration Certification in Early Childhood Education and is soon to finish the highest level of Administrator, Level III. Coming from a family of educators, it’s not surprising that Karina has always had a passion for childhood education. Starting her journey at SFF! as an assistant teacher, she has truly enjoyed the growth opportunities that have brought her to her current position. Karina enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband and her daughter, who is a SFF! graduate.
Lucelia Rodriguez Executive Director
Mrs. Lucelia Rodríguez has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Her studies were in the Pedagogical College, in her native city of Camaguey, Cuba. She has obtained the Administration Certification in Early Childhood, Level III, the highest level, following the steps of both of her parents who taught for more than 30 years.
Lucy, as we affectionately call her, started as a lead teacher in our school and has grown to her current position as a Director. Lucy enjoys spending time with her family and her friends and she also loves to dance.
Lixeida Pillot Commercial & Marketing Manager
Hola! My name is Lixeida Pillot and I am natively from Puerto Rico. I have two bachelor’s degrees, one in elementary education and another one in early childhood education. Currently, I am going to school to earn a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Digital Marketing.
I have worked in SFF! since 2016. I started working as a preschool teacher then Assistant Director at the Cary location and currently works at the Wake forest school as a Marketing and Enrollment Specialist.
I am happy to be a part of this beautiful group in which we have become family. I love to contribute to early education since I do believe that children are the future and a reflection of what they learn on a daily basis.
I have two beautiful daughters Victoria and Leandra who are my greatest inspiration. I also have a wonderful husband who takes my hand in every new stage of life and every new adventure.
Valeria Hernandez Human Resources
Valeria Hernandez has a Bachelor’s Degree in Bilingual Education, she started in SFF! in 2014 and used to be the Director at our Glenwood and Duraleigh locations. She holds a Level III Administration Certification in Early Childhood and has the North Carolina Early Educators Certification Level 11 for Early Childhood and School Age. She is passionate about recruiting new staff for all SFF! school and handling onboarding training for new hires, she likes motivating staff to pursue their professional goals within the company. She loves traveling with her husband and her two beautiful daughters and loves singing.
Carla Lozano Office administrator
Carla Lozano is from Peru and grew up in Paraguay, she has a beautiful daughter named Sophia and loves spending time with her family. She joined SFF! In December 2019 in her current position, she has a BA in Legal Studies but she has always been passionate about accounting with 7 years of experience in the field. She is thrilled to be part of SFF! and her main goal is to pursue her NC accountant certification.
Francisco Guzman Project Manager
Francisco Guzman has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, He started in SFF! in 2022, but being very close since 2015 when his daughter started with SFF! as a student.
Mr. Guzman has been working on the government site doing lots of projects in different states of USA incorporating literacy and cultural programs to the communities
He likes helping to improve new ways to help the staff, students, parents, and community bringing support with the new ideas that SFF! has.
He enjoys being with his wife and his two daughters and having fun singing in different stages.
Meet Our ADMIN TEAM
As teachers, we provide a safe and nurturing environment, guide your children with developmentally appropriate activities and create opportunities for them to explore and learn through play. It is our goal to provide a supportive atmosphere that will encourage every child to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. We cultivate excellent relationships with parents through involvement and communication. Our curriculum is taught entirely in Spanish, so your child will learn Spanish in a fun, natural way. Children exposed to the entire Spanish culture are inspired to explore a world beyond their own.
Want to join our team?
If you are an educator who believes in inspiring learning through your passion, professionalism, and ability to nurture inventive thinking, SFF! is the place for you.
Want to know if SFF! is the right fit for your family? We understand that choosing the right childcare program for your family can feel overwhelming. We encourage you to take a tour of your desired location so that you can check out the facilities, meet the staff and learn more about our unique curriculum.
We are looking forward to meeting you!